Detailed view for the Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Full Name:
Cynthia Kadohata
Place of Residence:
Long Beach, California
Chicago, Illinois
Birth date:


Author Biography: Her father's parents married in Japan and immigrated in the early 1920s to the United States, where they became tenant farmers near Costa Mesa, California. Her paternal grandfather was killed in a tractor accident when her father was a little boy. Her father helped pick celery on the farm and did very little schoolwork. Today he says, "When I was fifteen I had about a fourth grade education." Two of her uncles on her father's side died fighting for Japan in World War II. Her father never met them. Meanwhile her father served with the U.S. Military Intellgence Service. He met her third paternal uncle when he was stationed in Japan after the war.

Her mother and her mother's mother were born in Southern California. The family moved to Hawaii in the 1930s. Her maternal grandfather, who was a graphic artist, was an orphan and nobody knows where he came from. He drowned off the coast of Hawaii when her mother was seven. Her mother says his last words to her were, "Be good." Her grandmother supported the family as a waitress in Hawaii before moving to Chicago.

She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California.

A non-writing claim to fame is that she could eat six tacos at one meal when she was a child.

She has lived in Georgia and Arkansas. She loves to travel around the country. Traveling, seeing the country, is one of the things from which she derives her

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